The Zadko Telescope is a fully robotic optical telescope operated by the University of Western Australia (UWA). It is an important research facility for Australia that has enabled UWA researchers to establish new collaborative links with international Observatories to promote Australia’s space based interests. One project that is of national priority is tracking dangerous space debris using a global network of robotic telescopes. It is essential that the Telescope Optics are in an optimal state of cleanliness to achieve the necessary sensitivity. The proposed professional development would enable new essential technical skills to be transferred from the host institution to Australia via visits by the candidate to leading international research facilities. The main goals of the candidate are to 1. Gain expert technical knowledge in the principles and process of large telescope optical cleaning and aluminizing by visiting OHP (Observatoire de Haute-Provence) Saint-Michel observatory, France - ESO (European Space Organization) La Serena, Chile and DFM Engineering Optics laboratory, Colorado, USA. 2. Establish collaborative links with these facilities to promote exchanges of knowledge and skills for Australia and to teach these methods to other astronomy technical support professionals within Australia.
6 Mar 2011
Degree of recognition
Australian Government Department of Education and Training